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Summer Events and Newsletter

Summer and Sports July 2017

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RE: Classroom Organisation 2017

Dear families,

I am delighted to share with you the classroom organisation for classes for September. We have a very exciting year ahead of us as we drive forwards and work together towards an outstanding future for all our children.

Phase Leadership will be divided into the following three groups.

Army of Ants is the Transition Phase and this includes Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The Head of this phase will be Donna Barker

Pride of Lions is the Middle Phase and this includes Year 2 and Year 3 and the Head of this phase will be Lisa Gagen

Wolf Pack is the Upper Phase and this includes Y4/Y5 and Y6 and the Head of this phase will be Kathy Smith.

Classes will be taught as follows:

  • Nursery-Kerry Ollivant
  • Reception-Tracy Newton
  • Year 1- Donna Barker
  • Year 2- Lisa Gagen
  • Year 3- Anna Barron
  • Year 4- Sam Barton
  • Year 5- Dan Cooper
  • Year 6-Kathy Smith

Please join me in congratulating Claire Ward as she is to have a baby in December. She will be covering some classes until she goes on maternity leave.

Should you wish to discuss anything with me don’t hesitate to make an appointment through the school office.

Many thanks for your continued support!

Nic Thorpe-Executive Principal

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School Holiday Dates…

School Holiday Dates 2016-17


DATES 2016 – 17 click to enlarge for printing

Dear Families

For your information, here are the holiday dates for the rest of the school academic year 2016-2017. All dates are inclusive.

  • Easter Holidays Saturday 8th April 2017 – Monday 24th April 2017
  • May Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017
  • Spring Bank Half Term Holiday Saturday 27th May 2017 – Sunday 4th June 2017
  • Summer Holiday Friday 21st July 2017 – Tuesday 5th September 2017 

Below is a break-down to explain the holiday dates shown above:

  • Friday 7th April 2017: Last day of Spring Term 2
  • Monday 24th April 2017: INSET day School closed to children
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017: First day of Summer Term 1
  • Monday 1st May 2017: Bank Holiday School Closed
  • Friday 26th May 2017: Last day of Summer Term 1
  • Monday 5th June 2017: First day of Summer Term 2
  • Friday 21st  July 2017: Last day of Summer Term 2. Early Finish at 1:30pm.
  • Monday 4th September 2017: INSET day school closed to children
  • Tuesday 5th September 2017: INSET day school closed to children
  • Wednesday 6th September 2017: First day of Autumn Term 1 2017


Please take note that there is a change to an INSET day communicated on our Term Date Cards previously circulated. To confirm, school will now be open on Wednesday 4th January 2017 and closed on Monday 24th April 2017.

If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to contact me here at school.

School Holiday Dates 2017-18


DATES 2017 -18 click to enlarge for printing


Dear parents and carers,

On behalf of the Bank End and Hunningley Primary School Governors, I would like to inform you that both schools will close two days earlier than initially planned at the end of the summer term. The schools will close on Friday 21st July. The decision to close has not been taken lightly and made for the following reasons:

  1. Both Horizon and Barnsley Academy will be closed and therefore all Y6 children are expected to return to their primaries. Last year this was the case and only two children returned meaning that 70 children had unauthorised absences for two days.
  2. To support building and maintenance work being done in both schools.
  3. To give staff additional training

In order to give you advance notice of school closure dates for 2017/2018 on the reverse of this letter there are the dates for the Barnsley School Holidays. Additional school closure days for staff training will be:

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2017
Friday 22nd December 2017
Monday 4th June 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018

Please put these in your diary or on your calendar.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Nic Thorpe
Executive Headteacher-The Bank End and Hunningley Partnership

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We have had an amazing week of smiles, cake and thankfulness  ! 

I have absolutely loved teaching this class of kind and amazing children 😀I wish you all a lovely happy Summer with your wonderful families ! Thank you all so much for your thoughtful cards and gifts. It has been a true pleasure to teach your children this year.
See you all in September!

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Worsbrough country fair

It was lovely to see our art work on display at the country fair, we felt really proud of our entries. Fingers crossed we’ve got a winner ! 


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This week year 4 have had a lovely time

… making panda pictures from natural materials. We were so proud to see them collaborating with each other in their groups as they worked out which materials to use and where best to put them. Brilliant team work year 4! 

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Bringing the seaside to Bank End…

Today in Early years we celebrated the end of our topic ‘Ship Ahoy’ by bringing the seaside to Bank End and what a day we had. The children were so excited when the arrived at school and saw donkeys on our playground. They had so much fun at all the activities we had including; a candy floss cart, face paints, ice cones, bouncy castle, ice creams, picnic and much more. The smiles on their faces were beaming, Well done Reception and Nursery all your hard work this term has made us super proud.
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Sports day, transitions and seaside fun day!

Wow! What a fantastic end to this week. I always think we have such busy weeks but this week has definitely won so far. We started off the week with the Summer fare, where children and families came into school to enjoy activities and stalls as a community. Wednesday was Early years sports day and the families supported this so well, children enjoyed every minute and worked so hard to show off their skills.

Thursday was the first of our transitions for older Nursery children to meet Miss Newton properly and ask her lots of questions about being in her Reception class next year. The children were so well behaved and asked some real good questions about toys, areas and lunch time.

Friday in Early Years we started the day with a little rain, which luckily soon stopped and we all had such a fantastic day for our superstar reward day. Donkeys, a bouncy castle, along with sweet treats, paddling pools and game fun were just some of the experiences for our youngest children in School. I am so proud of how they listened and chose activities independently on the key stage 1 playground, they really were a true credit to Bank end.

Thank you to all the children and staff for their hard work in preparation for and on this day. It really has been fabulous!

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We had our third and final Bravo Reward of the school year this week.

 All children who had earned 1200 points came back to school on Thursday for lots of fun!

There was face painting, ice creams, baking, crafts, popcorn, sports and lots and lots of smiles! A great time was had by all.

Well Done everyone. 




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Year 5 had a fantastic time last week with the Bikeability course! Glorious weather enabled most of the class to have a great time learning how to control the bike on the playground for Level 1, including how to start and stop safely and control the bike safely. Level 2 involves controlling the bike on the estate such as turning left and right. Everybody enjoyed themselves immensely!


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